The role of science and technology in feeding the world

Achieving Global food security is one of the greatest challenges of the 21st century. It is said that addressing the United Nations Sustainable Development Goal associated with food and hunger will in turn address most of the other SDG’s set by the UN. Too often food security is tackled using a single lens or addressing a single pillar of the 4 recognised as being important (availability, access, utilisation and stability/resilience) and by specific disciplines arguing about how their approach will deliver food security. Professor Poppy will explore how interdisciplinary research is required using examples from Sub saharan Africa, Asia, Latin America and Europe whilst recognising the globalised food system is evolving at pace. He will outline how science for policy and policy for science are crucial is ensuring UK consumers are food secure. The use of technologies from Big Data, Internet of Things and the exciting possibilities of Microbiome and AMR research, are crucial to ensuring food is safe and can be trusted in the UK today and tomorrow. Life as an academic on the front line in a Government Department will be discussed and the lessons learnt in ensuring science has impact.

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